Two For Tuesday: Ambrosia (Yacht Rock)

Ambrosia got their start in 1970 as a quartet: David Pack (guitar and vocals), Joe Puerta (bass and vocals), Christopher North (keyboards) and Burleigh Drummond (drums). They were influenced by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and King Crimson. Their eponymous first album was released in 1975 and included the song “Holdin’ On To Yesterday,” which reached #17 on the Hot 100.

Their first Top 10 hit, “How Much I Feel,” came from their third album, 1978’s Life Beyond LA. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #11 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Their fourth album, 1980’s One Eighty, produced two of the biggest hits of that year, “Biggest Part Of Me” (#3 Hot 100, #3 Adult Contemporary) and “You’re The Only Woman (You & I)” (#13 Hot 100, #5 Adult Contemporary).

After their fifth album, 1982’s Road Island, the group disbanded, with Pack becoming a solo artist and Puerta becoming a founding member of Bruce Hornsby & The Range (Hornsby played with Ambrosia in 1982). They reunited in 1989 and have been touring since.

Ambrosia, your Two for Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

16 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Ambrosia (Yacht Rock)

  1. ‘One Eighty’ is a great album. My favorite track is “Livin’ on My Own”.

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  2. Here I go again..I had no idea who they were nor the songs u til I started listening to them and know this very well I can never put the songs to any band

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  3. I had no idea Hornsby played played with them. I visited a friend in L.A. last year and we made a point of tuning in to the Yacht Rock station on Sirius while driving up the coast. Lots of Ambrosia. I am not ashamed. 🙂

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    1. It’s a lot more diverse than I originally thought. You got elements of rock, folk, jazz, progressive and even classical in there. Whatever, it sounds great. They rock a little harder on their last album, but still, great stuff.

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  4. Love Ambrosia. I was contemplating going to see them earlier this year when they had a show near us but it got cancelled.

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